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October 9, 2003 

The meeting was called to order at 7:35 pm in the City Manager's Conference Room in Rockville City Hall.

Present were: Stan Klein, Brian Pierce, Bob Ekman, Betsy Robbins, and Roald Schrack

1) Minutes of the previous meeting of Sept 11, 2003 were accepted.

2) Betsy reported statistics of Rocknet only because the city website is on a new server.  In September Rocknet had an average of 454 visits per day. A review of previous months can be seen at  which shows that August was low but July was about the same as September. Overall there is a slow but steady rise in the number of visits.

Betsy reported on a conference for webmasters of municipal sites held in Kansas City. She found it very helpful.

3) Bob Ekman reported on Rocknet developments.  There was a discussion on whether a link to an external site should take you to a new browser screen or stay in the same browser screen. There were strong arguments for both arrangements but the con census seemed to be in favor of a new screen so you could return to the same place in your original page.

Bob handed out a number of print outs of new pages from Rocknet including:
a) the new Election Page covering the November municipal election , and
b) The Wireless Internet Access information page.

On Sat., Oct 11, There will be a session Neighborhood Network Learning Series  at the Senior Center covering the role that Rocknet can play in helping Rockville Neighborhood Associations. Bob handed out the print out of a Power Point presentation  that he intended to give. There was extended discussion of the presentation. Bob accepted some suggestions for revision.

Grass Roots Organization for the Well-being of Seniors (Grows) which had be asked for a website was given an account so they could proceed with a website.

The server for Rocknet briefly stopped working on Tuesday for no apparent reason. The server has operated since then with no problems.

The meeting adjourned at 9:15

Respectfully submitted

Roald A. Schrack
13 Farsta Ct.
Rockville, MD 20850
voice: 301-279-7017
fax:   301-279-8889